You are here: Home Find a Hike Hiking Guide Mt. McCausland

Mt. McCausland

Improve or add to this guidebook entry

Recent Trip Reports

Hiked here recently? Submit a trip report!
There are 25 trip reports for this hike. See all trip reports for this hike.
Mt. McCausland — Dec 25, 2013 — wolfwoman
Snowshoe/XC Ski
Expand report text Hide report text
I spent this Christmas Day snowshoeing/hiking with Ike and the Transporter. It was very quiet for Sm...
I spent this Christmas Day snowshoeing/hiking with Ike and the Transporter. It was very quiet for Smithbrook and we only encountered one party......a couple I know very well. It was great to see friends Sherri and Erik. Otherwise, we had the place to ourselves. I was lacking in energy since I woke up that morning so it was a tough day for me, but very nice. The snow is so consolidated that we didn't put on our snowshoes until we got to the meadow just below the saddle between Lichtenburg and McCausland. Until then we'd been using the path beaten down by a previous snowshoe party, but they quit rather upbruptly and so we had to break trail from there. We continued up and up to a viewpoint above the lake just below McCausland where we stopped for a break and just never got going again. The avy conditions were rated "considerable" which gave me pause, and besides, I was pooped. Too much Christmas cheer lately I guess. The guys declined to go on to the summit stating that they didn't care enough to continue, but they might have just been being nice to me. In either case, we celebrated the day with a little wine and a lot of very fine chocolate and some fattingmann for us Swedes. Perfect. We got to the saddle under bright sunshine, but within minutes it got cloudy, breezy, and cold so it was a quick lunch. It was much quicker going out and we were to the car by 3:30.
Read full report
Lake Valhalla Snowshoe, Mt. McCausland — Dec 08, 2013 — mbravenboer
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
Expand report text Hide report text
It was 7F at the trailhead at 7:30am, but it was actually fairly nice with the sun out. The Smith Br...
It was 7F at the trailhead at 7:30am, but it was actually fairly nice with the sun out. The Smith Brook road is easy to do with boots right now, no traction needed. From the summer trailhead, there is a great trail made by a few skiers. It initially follows the Smith Brook - Union Gap trail, but then takes a shortcut to the PCT. At some point (I didn't notice where), it seems to go higher than the PCT on the slopes of Mount McCausland. From that point, there are already awesome views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I went up a little further with the idea to go to Mount McCausland, but my dog was getting very cold on the slopes there, where there was substantially more windchill. I decided to give up my views for her (arguably, she was also getting cold because the pace was much slower there).

On the road back, I met 3 snowshoers who were going to Lake Valhalla as well. On the Smith Brook road, there were only two snowmobiles, so it was nice and quiet. A few cross-country skiers there as well.

More photos: http://www.flickr.com/[…]/
Read full report with photos
Mt. McCausland — Oct 19, 2013 — Adaset
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
Expand report text Hide report text
We chose this hike as a last minute option on our way to Lake Minotour. It was almost 3 and we had a...
We chose this hike as a last minute option on our way to Lake Minotour. It was almost 3 and we had another 6-7 miles on heavily pot-holed (and snowy) forest road to the Minotour trailhead, so we decided to stop here. It was a good choice!

The trail was muddy pretty much right after leaving the parking lot, but was never much of a problem. The snow increased after turning onto the PCT and was 1-2 feet deep at times after the turnoff to the summit. Nonetheless, we did fine with trail runners and poles. The snow thinned on the summit approach and additional traction was never needed.

The steepness of the climb was an excellent excuse to rest and snap photos of Lake Valhalla and the resilient autumn colors popping through a blanket of early snowfall.

Despite the number of cars in the parking lot, we saw only a few groups of hikers on the trail (most returning from Lake Valhalla). We were back to the car around 5:30.
Read full report with photos
Mt. McCausland — Oct 18, 2013 — KenT
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Mud/Rockslide | Snow on trail
Expand report text Hide report text
Smithbrook trail is muddy in places but snow free. The blowdown trees have been cleared thanks to th...
Smithbrook trail is muddy in places but snow free. The blowdown trees have been cleared thanks to the trail crew. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has quite a lot of snow patches, a few that are about a foot deep, but compacted. A little slippery in spots, so hiking poles are a really good idea. We took Yaktrax with us and put them on at the saddle before heading up the summit - not totally necessary, but made it easier. Not a lot of fall color, but the sweeping views from the top of Mt McCausland are spectacular on a clear day - from looking down at Lake Vahalla with Lichtenberg Mountain looming above to jagged peaks every direction, including Mt Rainier, Mt Index, Glacier Peak, and Rock Mt. to name a few.
Read full report with photos
Mt. McCausland — Oct 05, 2013 — Jim K
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
Expand report text Hide report text
went in from smithbrook road. Patchy snow at 4500, all snow on PCT trail but already broken to lake....
went in from smithbrook road. Patchy snow at 4500, all snow on PCT trail but already broken to lake. We were first up to McCausland. Snow 1-2 feet deep, with breaking through underlying brush. Did it with boots and poles - snowshoes not needed. Great views from top. 2 humans and a dog.
Read full report
Mt McCausland- Alan Bauer.jpg
View Hiking up Mt. McCausland, photo taken by Alan Bauer.
Location
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Features
Lakes
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views

Improve or add to this guidebook entry

Map it
Red MarkerMt. McCausland
47.8019712232 -121.078090668
(47.8020, -121.0781) Open in new window
Document Actions
  • Print this
  • Share
Get the Guidebooks

Mountaineers three booksSelect content from The Mountaineers Books' guidebooks is featured in this Hiking Guide. Sales of the books from this website help protect and maintain trails.

> Shop Now

More hikes » Hike of the Week
Diablo Lake Trail (Apr 17)

Diablo Lake

North Cascades

Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views. This hike in the North Cascades Institute's backyard makes a great option for an early season hike in stunning North Cascades National Park, much of which is inaccessible during the winter and spring.

Get Trail News

Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking news, events, gear reviews and more.

What's Happening
GiveBIG 2014 May 06, 2014 Donate to WTA during The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG event and grow your impact on trails!
Hiker Potluck in Vancouver May 28, 2014 Come out for an evening of great food, meet other hikers and learn what is happening on trails near you.
More »